The Splash Drone by Urban Drones LLC is a waterproof quad copter that allows drone hobbyist to shoot underwater 4K video. It smashed its crowd funding goal in its first 24 hours and is projected hit the quarter million dollar mark before April 8, when the kickstarter.com campaign ends.
The Urban Drones LLC team has created the Splash Drone: A waterproof quad copter with autonomous features, payload release mechanism, emergency flare system and the first waterproof camera stabilizing gimbal ever to hit the drone market. The Splash Drone comes in two flavors, GPS-Standard and Fully Autonomous. The autonomous version can be flown by anyone that can draw a shape with one finger on the Droid Planner App, which is available on the Google Play App store. The Splash even has a Follow-Me feature that allows users to command the drone to follow a subject around without the need to give it control inputs.
“If you’re the outdoors type, the Splash Drone is your waterproof flying camera”, Said Alex Rodriguez, CEO of Urban Drones. “It is not only for fun, but it is also useful during emergency situations. Normally, when you deploy an emergency flare, it disappears in 10 seconds, now with the Splash Drone you can deploy an emergency flare for 15 minutes giving you a much better chance of being seen by search and rescue personnel.”
The Splash Drone is equipped with a camera stabilizing gimbal that gets submerged when the drone lands on the water, giving the drone enthusiast the ability to get an underwater view with the included 7-inch wireless receiver monitor. Both versions of the Splash Drone have GPS assisted navigation and include a remote control with an imbedded On Screen Display (OSD). The On Screen Display shows critical information on a backlit LCD, including: Location, altitude, battery live, flight direction and flying mode. The GPS-Standard version starts at $799 and it included aluminum travel case has everything customers need, to start flying the moment they receive it.
The Splash Drone surpassed its crowd funding goal on Kickstarter.com just 24 hours after the campaign was launched; weeks before it was featured on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet on March 31, 2015. As of April 2 it has sold over $218,000 and it’s expected to surpass the quarter million dollar mark before April 8th when the campaign ends.
“We’re can’t wait to start shipping the first iteration of our waterproof drone” Said Rodriguez, “There’s a lot more that we we’re planning with this concept and we’re thrilled about the future of our company”